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U.S. judge sentences 2 brothers who smuggled for Mexican drug cartels
U.S. judge sentences 2 brothers who smuggled for Mexican drug cartels

Twin brothers who smuggled 71 tons of cocaine and heroin for Mexican drug cartels received 14-year prison terms Tuesday as a federal judge warned that they would always have to look over their shoulders. A bomb-sniffing dog and metal detectors guarded the courtroom on the 25th floor of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, a testament to security concerns. Even the defense attorneys’ names were not entered into the record. Pedro and Margarito Flores, both 33, weren’t just drug dealers, but informants. They had worked undercover for the federal government, starting in 2008. Cooperating at great risk to their own lives, authorities said, the brothers detailed their billion-dollar...

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